Bicycling has many benefits – economic, environmental, and healthful. It’s a great way of getting around town, especially here in bike-friendly downtown Bellingham. Some of the roads around Whatcom County offer scenic rides beyond compare, and Galbraith Mountain attracts professional mountain bikers to live here and train. However, in collisions between bicyclists and motor vehicles, the cyclist is no match for the vehicle. All it takes is one distracted or drunk driver to debilitate the cyclist - sometimes permanently. Often these injuries include those to the neck or back, which require surgeries and long term rehabilitative care. Have you been hit by a car on your bike in Bellingham and it was not your fault? Here are some resources for what to do next.
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Whatcom, Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties comprise the Pacific Northwest Interior
Across these diverse counties, residents and visitors encounter gorgeous mountain views, extensive waterways, the beautiful Puget Sound, and the vast network of San Juan Islands.
Whatcom County, Washington, on the border with Canada, is an established college town with a growing population
The largest industries in Whatcom County include manufacturing, agriculture, and healthcare. Whatcom County is the location of Western Washington University.
Island County - A unique and beautiful region composed entirely of islands
As of the 2010 census, its population was 78,506. Its county seat is Coupeville, while its largest city is Oak Harbor. Its name reflects the fact that it is composed entirely of islands. It contains two large islands, Whidbey and Camano, and seven smaller islands - Baby, Ben Ure, Deception, Kalamut, Minor, Smith, and Strawberry.
San Juan County - A beautiful maritime archipelago of 743 islands
San Juan County is a county located in the Salish Sea in the far northwestern corner of Washington State. As of the 2010 census, its population was 15,769. Of the hundreds of islands in the county, only 60 islands are inhabited.
Skagit County - Situated between near the majestic Cascade Mountains, the fertile Skagit Valley, and the powerful Skagit River
Skagit County, with a population of 116,901, is situated in the gorgeous Skagit Valley. The county seat and largest city is Mount Vernon. The majestic Cascade Mountains stand to the east, overlooking a fertile valley boasting a variety of agricultural crops. Running through the valley is the powerful Skagit River flowing westward toward the beautiful San Juan Islands.
Snohomish County - Home of the world's largest aerospace-industry manufacturing facility
Snohomish County, with a population of 772,501, is the third-most populous county in Washington. The county seat and largest city is Everett. The county is located between the sparkling blue waters of Puget Sound and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Snohomish County begins 12 miles north of Seattle, a little under 100 miles south of Vancouver, and a short ferry ride away from the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula. Snohomish County is home to over 20,000 businesses, ranging from small family farms specializing in organic foods, to the world’s largest advanced manufacturing facility producing state-of art aerospace equipment.
The region's climate can contribute to accidents throughout the Northwest Interior
The climate is generally mild and typical of the Puget Sound region. The year-long average daily high and low temperatures are 59 and 44.1 °F. The western region of the Northwest Interior has a marine oceanic climate that is strongly influenced by the Cascade Range and Olympic Mountains, and gets an average of 42 inches of rain per year.
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When someone is injured in an accident in the region, it is important to gather information about what happens next.
Being injured in a serious accident is always a shocking and scary experience, and dealing with the aftermath is exhausting and stressful. Accident victims are forced to deal with hospitalization, medical treatments, missed work, and lost income, often while trying to manage pain and disability from their injuries. And then the insurance adjusters start circling. Find out more about accidents and what issues an injured person needs to be aware of by going to this link.
What to do after a serious injury accident in Whatcom, Island, San Juan, Skagit, or Snohomish County
When someone has been injured or killed in a motor-vehicle collision, the accident victim and their family members are left with medical bills, lost income, and other costs. It is important to get legal assistance to help the accident victim recover, or when the accident is fatal, to help the family members get fully compensated for their losses. Learn more about how a Pacific Northwest personal injury attorney will help injured victims and families.
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Broadside collisions include T-bone accidents, and can happen at intersections, in parking lots, or on the highway when a driver fails to drive defensively, or, worse yet, is drunk or distracted. These accidents can bring severe injury or death, and the financial repercussions can be high. Often there is money available to pay for damages and losses because there is an at-fault driver involved in these types of wrecks. Here on tips on what to do if you've been side-swiped or broadsided in a car wreck.
If someone close to you has died, you may swimming in unpaid bills and wondering about where future money will come after losing an income stream. It's natural to wonder who can be named a beneficiary on a wrongful death claim and receive financial help after such a devastating loss. Click to watch this video that explains who can be named the beneficiary in a wrongful death claim.
If someone close to you has died because of someone else's negligence, you are facing a lot of overwhelming decisions at an emotional, stressful time. There is a lot of information to take in about next steps. Here is a short video explaining who can bring a wrongful death claim.
Accidents can happen so fast. Especially at highway speeds, a vehicle can act like a battering ram. And when that vehicle comes straight at you, it’s one of the scariest experiences in the world. One term for this is “lane departure crashes” which doesn’t quite live up to the intensity of the trauma being run off the road(link is external) brings on. If you or a loved one has been run off the road in Bellingham or Whatcom County, you are likely facing extensive damages and are looking ahead at a lengthy process of recovery. Click to learn more.
The dangers of driving certainly are heightened at intersections. Though we face them everyday, they are one of the most common areas for collisions. The conditions at work at stop signs and lights factor in whether during rush hour or periods of relative quiet. All it takes is a split-second of someone’s inattention or poor decision making, including law-breaking, and lives can suddenly hang in the balance.
If you’ve lost someone you love or were in a wreck yourself at an intersection collision, there is likely an at-fault driver involved. Click to learn more about collisions at intersections in Bellingham and Whatcom County.
The human body bears the brunt of the chain reaction of consequences that a simple mistake puts in motion. Because of their ubiquity, speed, and mass, a very common way people are hurt is in motor vehicles. One of the most common injuries in car crashes is whiplash, from one of the most common types of collisions, being rear-ended. Just about everyone is familiar with the term “whiplash” but what is it exactly, what what’s so dangerous about it? Click to learn more about whiplash and how it can affect your health after a car crash.
It's no surprise that younger drivers are involved with accidents more often than older drivers. Experience and maturity change so many of our decisions; what might have made sense at 16 seems unconscionable at 36 (and, in many ways, vice versa). However, looking at the disparity in motor vehicle accidents is shocking. Research shows that it doesn't take much before alcohol has an effect on someone's ability to drive - even well below the legal limits for a traffic offense. In a study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University, "Tests showed that at .04, again one-half the level of legal intoxication, drivers had trouble with such skills as skid control, crash simulation and other maneuvering tests through stationary cones," Dr. Maurice Dennis said. Here are some tips on keeping teenage drivers safe and accident free.
One of the worst possible crashes are head-on collisions. The injuries can be catastrophic, even fatal. These crashes can happen on highways, two-lane roads, and intersections. With increasing instances of distracted driving, and the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, we see these types of collisions every day somewhere in the country. It is, obviously, against the law to travel in the same lanes as oncoming traffic, and the laws that govern Bellingham and Whatcom County are no different. Before financial compensation can be given, victims injured in a head-on collision have to prove liability. If police cite the other driver for the crash due to the statute that makes head-on collisions a crime, this process can be easier. Learn more about your options if you have been the victim of a head on collision in Bellingham or Whatcom County.
E.L. Doctorow said, “You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” Most people can, but night time driving is more dangerous than during daylight hours, simply because of reduced visibility. Add to it drivers who are drunk or drugged, or distracted, and things become very dangerous. Nightime driving increases the chance of an accident. You might have seen cars that are missing a working head or tail light, or no lights at all, their drivers seemingly oblivious. It is against the rules of the road to drive without adequate lighting at night because this kind of negligence can bring on accidents with catastrophic results. If you have been hit by a driver who was not operating a safe vehicle, or hit you because of negligence, your life has been impacted far beyond the initial hit.